Custer - Government & Citizenship
The City of Custer is governed by an Aldermanic form of government. The city is divided into three wards with two council persons elected from each ward. The mayor runs at large and is elected by all of city's registered voters. To see a message from the Mayor, click here. To meet the Custer City Council Members, click here. City Council Minutes are posted here.
The mission of the Custer City Council is: "To provide positive and progressive leadership that promotes smart growth, economic prosperity and cultural diversity while preserving core and family values and a high quality of life that preserves our small town atmosphere."
The City of Custer has an annual budget of nearly $2.5 million, which is used to cover expenses related to general government, public safety, public works, culture and recreation, and capital improvements. In addition, the city pays a $400,000 hospital subsidy. The two primary sources of revenue are sales tax, which brings in an estimated $1.1 million annually, and property taxes, which came to approximately $802,500 in 2011. A variety of other sources, including licenses and permits, state government and county government, make up the difference. In addition, the city has enterprise funds for a BID district, water, sewer, liquor and promotion. The appropriations ordinance can be found at the city’s website under ordinances. News articles related the budget and city council can be found at the website of the Custer County Chronicle.